How to set up posts for hammocks

Updated July 20, 2017

A beautiful summer day only gets better when you add a gently swinging hammock. Relaxing and comfortable, hammocks are a perfect place to enjoy a sunset or glass of lemonade. Hammocks can be hanged from trees and deck posts. But when these options aren't available and you don't want to buy a hammock frame, try setting up hammock posts. Root the posts firmly in the ground with concrete for sturdy anchors from which the hammock can hang and allow you to enjoy a summer day safely.

Mark the spot where the first hammock post is to be planted. Mark a spot for the second post that is a distance measuring at least 1 foot longer than the hammock's total length, depending on how tightly you want the hammock to hang.

Dig a hole at each marked spot using a shovel. The holes should be 2 feet to 3 feet deep and at least 10 inches wide.

Insert one post into the first hole and centre it in the hole. Have an assistant hold the post in place.

Fill the space around the post with premixed concrete using a trowel, carefully packing concrete around the post to avoid any air pockets.

Repeat for the second post.


Posts can be angled slightly away from each other instead of vertically, if desired. This will add to the posts' load-bearing capacity.


Allow the concrete to dry for at least 24 hours before hanging the hammock on the posts to ensure that the foundation is solid.

Things You'll Need

  • Hammock
  • Tape measure
  • Shovel
  • Two 160-pound bags of premixed concrete
  • Trowel
  • 2 4-inch-by-4-inch wood posts, cut into 9-foot lengths
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